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Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Devil's Hand (1962)


After Night of the Living Dead, I decided to continue with the black and white feel for the evening by selecting The Devil's Hand as my nightcap. This 1962 supernatural film came as part of the Gorehouse Greats Collection, although, I am not quite sure how it fits in.


Plot/ Rick Turner is engaged of Donna Trent and is having nightmares with a beautiful blonde woman dancing in the sky. One night, he is mysteriously driven to a doll shop, and in the next morning he returns to the place with Donna. He finds a doll that resembles his fiancé, but the owner Francis Lamont delivers another doll to him, with the face of the woman of his dreams, Bianca Milan. Rick looks for Bianca and is seduced and convinced by her to join a sect that worships the diabolic Gamba, while the health of Donna is threatened by Francis and Bianca.


The Devil's Hand was a lot better than I expected. Yes, it was short and to the point, but within that movie it took on so many different topics and it worked. There were Supernatural themes, love triangles, voodoo, satanic rituals, beautiful women, and really so much more than I can mention. While I enjoyed it, there were times where it felt predictable once the story started to flow. In all, it was maybe more than the low-budget would allow because the film could have been even better if it were longer. As it is, the storyline, while interesting, does not go into much detail with in the context of the story with many moving parts not being tied together and the acting isn't the greatest. However, between the occasional atmospheric and suspenseful scenes set in the cult's headquarters and the great horrific climax, there are more than enough good points to warrent watching this film again. If you decide not to, the great God Gamba may test you!

2 comments:

  1. Never heard of it--sounds different and unusual. I love that era of horror--it was really more about the weaknesses of the characters and the suspense. Cool find.

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  2. This sounds like a movie I'd enjoy. I never heard of it before either, but now I want to look for it. Thanks for making us aware of it!

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